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Poster: guyzilla Date: Jun 22, 2012 5:03pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture (1949) - Question

Good point on the Alpha logo. I've seen quite a few here myself and a lot of them have been here a while. I tend to avoid sourcing from Alpha since I believe that logo is trademarked, but others tend to go ahead and not much is said about it. Most of what I've put up was from Sinister Cinema. Most of what Alpha puts out is sourced from Sinister also. Sinister also uses a watermark but it's just an "SC" in a generic font so you can't really put a trademark to it. I haven't uploaded anything in quite some time because I don't have the time to spend on the computer like I used to, but if I were to upload something with a logo on it, I would blot it out with a program like AviDemux or AviSynth. But I would prefer to avoid sourcing from anything with a prominent watermark as they tend to detract from my viewing pleasure, so I'm no big fan of Alpha.

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Jun 23, 2012 12:13am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture (1949) - Question

I find that Sinister Cinema's logo is far more objectionable that Alpha's, because it appears in the body of the film, while Alpha's appears only in the credits.

In my book, Sinister Cinema's people are scumbags: they charge you $10 or more for a single public domain film, and then they brazenly demonstrate the complete contempt they have for you and the movie by defacing it.

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Poster: cosmico Date: Jun 23, 2012 3:51pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture (1949) - Question

VCI is far worse than either Alpha or Sinister, with regard to "watermarks" or bugs.

VCI's rather pricey (it was $29.95 originally) commercial release of of the CAPTAIN VIDEO serial on DVD has their LARGE logo appearing randomly for often lengthy periods, several times through all of the chapters. After many complaints they toned it down and released a new set. So when I found this out, I contacted them to complain and to exchange mine for another copy without their damned big logo all over the place, but they basically told me to buy a new copy or stuff it! Moral of the story: never buy any DVDs from VCI Entertainment.

Sinister now has a PD book publishing business, Armchair Fiction I believe it's called, but they're now retitling books, just as they have played with the title cards on some movies. Keith Laumer's classic sci-fi comedy romp of a novel, THE GREAT TIME MACHINE HOAX, has been changed to A HOAX IN TIME by Sinister and made to look like a serious sci-fi drama. I'm sure they've done this to other titles as well. This is the same kind of tampering crap Wade Williams has been doing to old movies (like ROCKETSHIP X-M) for decades.

PFFFT! on them all.



This post was modified by cosmico on 2012-06-23 22:51:17

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Poster: guyzilla Date: Jun 23, 2012 10:19pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture (1949) - Question

I don't think I'm going to be buying any more of Sinister's product from now on either. It seems that lots of times when I do, especially a film I've been looking for for a long time, after I order from them and it comes in, I find the same film in the store in better quality at a lesser price. And those crappy title cards they tack on to some films, as you mentioned, are a source of annoyance to me as well. And the quality is poor as well, and I don't know if it's the transfer process or if it's just a faded print. An example of this would be my upload of THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE (the "extended" version). Someone has since uploaded a much better copy so Ive added that to my collection. I do remember being told that most of the dvds they have out now are not transferred from the film elements themselves but from the video masters that they made from them. I was told this years ago by the guy on the other end of line when I phoned in my order. They were just starting to go from vhs to dvd at the time. So I would say that Sinister's day (and Alpha's too) are drawing to a close. You could do better to just download what's here, picture quality notwithstanding, for free, than pay top dollar and get the same thing at Sinister. Most of what I've uploaded in the past came from there, so out of that, what you get here for free, I had to pay for. Now that I think about it, that stinks.

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Poster: billymays55 Date: Jul 20, 2012 12:48pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture (1949) - Question

Same story for "A Close Call For Boston Blackie" (1946), late renewal going by in-notice. I will upload both.

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Poster: billymays55 Date: Jun 23, 2012 6:58pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture (1949) - Question

I finally figured it out, Moongleam obviously works at Alpha.

Ever since that crack I made about Alpha and how god awful they are (which I still stand by my statement) you keep following me around with your negative comments and won't answer my questions. I obviously "hurt your feelings".

It makes sense because Alpha sources most of there releases from Sinister Cinema and your trying to give Sinister Cinema a bad name.

For the record I don't like either company, there both complete garbage quality with logos but I thought I'd just call you out on it.

This post was modified by billymays55 on 2012-06-24 01:50:00

This post was modified by billymays55 on 2012-06-24 01:58:39

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